Napa, CA —For the second year, Queen of the Valley Medical Center (QVMC) is participating in the Rotary Club’s "Cycle for Sight" bicycle ride Saturday, April 18, to benefit two local organizations – Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind & Visually Impaired and the California Veterans Home’s "Pathway Home" project – as well as the medical center’s own Cancer Wellness Program.
In preparation for the event, employees and medical staff at the Queen have formed a riding team and are working to raise pledges. Cyclists may choose from among 50-, 25-, and 15-mile courses that traverse the scenic Napa Valley.
One of the beneficiaries of the ride, the Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind & Visually Impaired, is a yearly camp located in the western hills of Napa Valley that provides opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, swimming, and a variety of other activities for the blind and visually impaired.
Proceeds from the event will also go to the California Veterans Home’s "Pathway Home" project, an effort to help returning California veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars cope with post-traumatic stress disorder by regaining a sense of strength, self knowledge and purpose.
"Cycle for Sight is consistent with the mission of Queen of the Valley – to improve the health and quality of life of the community we live in," says Larry Hazen, manager of rehabilitation services at QVMC, who has been working to solicit pledges and plans to ride the 50-mile course.
Half of the pledges raised by the Queen of the Valley team will also benefit QVMC’s Cancer Wellness Program, which has now supported more than 100 participants in their transition from cancer patient to proactive cancer survivor. During the three-month program, participants are under the care of a physical therapist, registered nurse, stress-management counselor, and registered dietitian. "They also receive spiritual care and full privileges to Synergy, Queen’s medical fitness center," says Hazen. "By the end of the program, you can’t tell them from any other fit participants in the facility."
The event also includes a festival of wine and beer tasting, sampling of local cuisine and live music by Bay Area band "Pride and Joy." All rides start and finish at Justin Siena High School in Napa.
About Queen of the Valley Medical Center
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at www.thequeen.org